May 2nd, 2016

Ending the Year

For the past year at the Bucknell Press, three days a week I would enter the hobbit hole in the basement of Taylor Hall and be welcomed by rooms of books. Truly, the perfect place to work for any book lover. Not only to work among these shelves filled with texts, but to see a section of the history of the Press through its published works, ranging back to the early 1970s. When I first arrived at the Press, a yearlong project I was given was to scan all the books missing from the MLA bibliography from the past decade […]

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April 23rd, 2016

Celebrating World Book Day!

“Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapon” – Malala Yousafzai   Celebrating authors, publishers, illustrators, books, and reading, World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, is the largest worldwide celebration of books. Begun in 1995 by UNESCO, the event was created to promote reading, publishing, and copyright, and it is truly the perfect celebration for Bucknell Press and anyone who likes a good book. Celebrated in most of the world on April 23, the date was originally connected to books by booksellers in Catalonia, Spain in 1923. Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés chose […]

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April 18th, 2016

Bucknell University Book Collection Contest: Celebrating 2016 Winners

Beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s question “Where do we find ourselves?” the winner of this year’s Bucknell University Press Book Collection Contest, junior math major Tom Bonan, learned through his years of reading that “[his] best hope at familiarity is in that solitary world of the book.” Each year, the Press and the Library & IT ask students to enter a contest to reflect on their lives, their learning, and their personal interests through their book collections. With bookstores closing and electronic media becoming more and more popular, we want to encourage the appreciation of a printed book, as well […]

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April 7th, 2016

Author interview: Melissa Fitch, Global Tangos: Travels in the Transnational Imaginary

While tango had previously been discussed globally almost exclusively in terms of the United States, Europe, or Japan, Global Tangos takes the reader into other parts of the world, many of which may be a surprise for the reader. Author Melissa Fitch examines in-depth some of the very serious ways in which tango has been used in the Muslim world, including Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, and she also has an extended section dealing with the Jewish dimension of the dance, both historical, in terms of founding composers and musicians in Argentina, but also in Europe during World War […]

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April 1st, 2016

Celebrating National Poetry Month

“Introduction to Poetry” By Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls for a light switch. I want them to waterski across the surface of a poem waving at the author’s name on the shore. But all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with a rope and torture a confession out […]

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March 29th, 2016

Bucknell Press Reviewed

From the American Poetry Review to the Journal of African American History to Studies in Travel Writing, the Bucknell University Press publishes a wide variety of books that have been reviewed in a slew of journals, newspapers, and other review outlets. To appreciate those who’ve reviewed our publications and to look back on the past decade the Press would like to feature a selection of journals that have appraised our works:   American Poetry Review The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies Book News, Inc. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Bryn Mawr […]

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March 10th, 2016

Happy Pi(e) Day!

With Pi Day comes pie…or math, whichever you prefer. Begun by physicist Larry Shaw in 1988, Pi Day even became recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009 in a non-binding resolution. A day to talk about pi, eat pie, or throw pie, it’s celebrated worldwide, even here at the Press this year. Like the mathematical constant of pi, literature and the ideas expressed inside are never-ending. Granville C. Henry’s Logos: Mathematics and Christian Theology discusses the influences of math and Christianity on each other while Henry’s Forms of Concrescence: Alfred North Whitehead’s Philosophy and Computer Programming Structures expands […]

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March 1st, 2016

FEATURING: Past BUP Intern Patrick Thomas Henry

Each year, the Bucknell University Press takes on an undergraduate and a graduate intern, teaching them the ways of an academic press and offering a thorough examination of what it means to work in the publishing community. In his time at the Press, past Bucknell University Press graduate intern Patrick Henry (2008-2010) discovered “the community that one university press could build—on campus, with other presses, and with academics the globe over,” a lesson he learned under the leadership of the Bucknell Press’s director Greg Clingham. After his time with the Press, Henry moved on to Rutgers, interning with The Story […]

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February 9th, 2016

Celebration of Freedoms in February

Along with celebrating Black History Month, we make note of National Freedom Day, occurring on the first of February. In 1865 on February 1st, President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment, thereby outlawing slavery. While it didn’t become a national holiday until President Truman signed it into official existence, a former slave, Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr., is the creator of the holiday. Freedom can be found, and taken away, in many forms, the easiest to see being the physical. So, in line with the idea of freedom, the Press explores the concept through the political, the academic, and the philosophical […]

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December 8th, 2015

Happy Monkey Day!

Along with the other, more obvious, December holidays, this month we also celebrate Monkey Day! December 14th is the unofficial holiday reminding you to appreciate your fellow primates. Begun in 2000 by artist Casey Sorrow at Michigan State University, it has spread all over the world with celebrations occurring in zoos such as Lahore Zoo in Pakistan and the Tallinn Zoo in Estonia. A day for costume parties and meant to draw attention to medical research and animal rights, particularly for simians, take part in Monkey Day this year with the Bucknell Press! Here at the Press, we support Monkey […]

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